Conscious Chatter with Kestrel Jenkins
About This Show
An inclusive audio space, Conscious Chatter opens the door to conversations about our clothing + the layers of stories, meaning and potential impact connected to what we wear. Hosted by conscious fashion freak Kestrel Jenkins, Conscious Chatter is a venue that allows us to continue to learn more about the garment industry and how we can all be a bigger part of positive change in the industry.
Most Recent Episode
S03 Episode 114 | MODERN MACRAME
5 days ago
In episode 114, Kestrel welcomes Emily Katz, the founder of Modern Macrame, to the show. An artist, designer, business owner, and teacher, Emily also just released her new book Modern Macrame, which showcases 33 stylish projects for your handmade home. "For the most part, if you're interested in craft and you have some knowledge of it, it's pretty easy to pick up. And, I think that because there's this low entry, it creates a lot of relaxation for people. In this hectic world that we live in where everything is at the speed of light and we're all accessible all the time, I think that macrame has this beautiful tactile quality that you can bring into your home." -Emily Katz, Founder + Author of Modern Macrame In this episode, Emily shares her unique journey into macrame, and how while she was always interested in making things (from fiber art to clothing to embroidery), she didn't actually learn how to macrame until she was in her 30s. For Emily, learning to do macrame was part of a powerful reconnection with her mom. Additionally, Emily shares insight into the incredible story behind the rope that she offers on Modern Macrame, which is made in a factory in Turkey that supports Syrian refugee women. The below thoughts, ideas + organizations were brought up in this chat: Bonnie Heart Clyde, Emily's former fashion label Emily Katz Eco Collections, past solo label Emily Katz, past fashion lines + art Rope for macrame, available via Modern Macrame Refuge Design x Emily Katz Project UNDP on Supporting Syrians + the region, conference Emily attended in Turkey w/ Ray Boyle of Refugee Design was hosted by the UNDP Modern Macrame, Emily's new book Modern Macrame Book Tour For A Strawless Ocean Event Alert From The IntroState Of Fashion (June 1st - July 22nd in Arnhem, Netherlands) Get Your Tickets Here >
Rated 5 out of
Moving the Conscious Fashion Conversation Forward
I doubt she’d remember this, but years ago while I was shopping for new shoes, Kestrel Jenkins helped direct me, through another of her ventures, to some fair trade options. So I’m very pleased to have happened upon her ongoing work via the excellent Conscious Chatter podcast.
Fashion was never something very much on my mind, but clothing is a basic necessity, which means it is also basic to many of the human rights and environmental issues that I’m working to become more aware of. I didn’t realize, for example, that the apparel industry was the world’s second largest polluter after oil. As Jenkins says, “what we wear matters,” yet consumers have been slow to pay the same level of attention to the clothes we put on our bodies as we do to the food we put in them.
It’s clear that Jenkins has spent many years advancing this conversation on ethical fashion, and the podcast provides a great service connecting listeners to her network of guests including designers, producers, entrepreneurs, and activists. The discussions on Conscious Chatter are informative and insightful but also unexpectedly personal, sometimes even quite intense, reflecting the host’s interest in reshaping our understanding of fashion by relating the stories behind the clothes we wear. The candid nature of the podcast makes it the perfect medium for telling these stories.
Most essential is the positivity that Jenkins brings to the conversation. The purpose is not to shame or paralyze listeners with heavy talk of the tremendous water waste in jeans production or the deplorable conditions in garment factories, but to motivate them by suggesting real steps to move things forward. Inspiring listeners to learn, reflect, and apply, Conscious Chatter brings a much needed voice to the fashion space.
Date published: 2016-11-23